Police chiefs seek feedback on new nationally agreed minimum standards for all police forces and their Chief Constables who have police dog units.
A public consultation on the National Police Chiefs’ Council Police Dog Standard is now live and will remain open until 23:59 on the 7 February 2024.
The national standard is an important document, as it sets out how dog units should carry out the day-to-day functions of their unit including, but not limited to: training; welfare; deployment; staffing; health and safety; procurement and retirement; and record keeping. It sets out the police’s use of police dogs in a wider context to general policing activity.
Police dogs play a vital role in keeping our communities safe, and their welfare and happiness is paramount. Chief Constables, our dog handlers, and our entire workforce are committed to providing the very best care to every single one of them.